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Dead Men Tell (1941)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Mystery  -  28 March 1941 (USA)
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A treasure map in four pieces, the ghost of a hanged pirate, a talking parrot, and a ship full of red herrings complicate Charlie's search for a murderer on board a docked ship.

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Sheila Ryan ...
Kate Ransome
Robert Weldon ...
Steve Daniels
Victor Sen Yung ...
Jimmy Chan (as Sen Yung)
Donald Douglas ...
Jed Thomasson (as Don Douglas)
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Laura Thursday (as Katharine Aldridge)
Paul McGrath ...
Charles Thursday / Mr. Parks
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Bill Lydig
Truman Bradley ...
Capt. Kane of the Suva Star
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Miss Patience Nodbury
Lenita Lane ...
Dr. Anne Bonney
Milton Parsons ...
Gene LaFarge
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Eccentic, elderly matron Patience Nodbury has a treasure map she's inherited from Black Hook, her pirate ancestor. To foil a mysterious thief who has tried to steal it, she divides it into four pieces, three of which she gives to fellow passengers booked to sail on the Suva Star, an old wooden sailing ship chartered for a treasure hunt on an offshore island. She is convinced that, according to family tradition, Black Hook will visit her before she dies. When the peg-legged "ghost" does just that, and she suffers a fatal heart attack, Charlie and Jimmy are faced with a boatload of red herrings including Bill Lydig, an escaped convict, Gene LaFarge, a certifiable neurotic accompanied by a personal psychiatrist, and the embittered Captain Kane, who was marooned on a deserted island by his ex-partner and vows revenge. Written by (duke1029@aol.com)

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SPINE-CHILLING MYSTERY AND HILARIOUS ADVENTURES ABOARD A TREASURE SHIP! (original print ad-all caps) See more »


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28 March 1941 (USA)  »

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Charlie Chan in Dead Men Tell  »

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Trivia

The twenty-eighth of forty-seven Charlie Chan movies. See more »

Goofs

When Charlie is down below inspecting the hold for clues, the parrot disturbs him. The next scene shown at a slight upward angle, shows the open hatch and a view of the daylight sky, you can see one of the ships masts. Through out the movie the action takes place at night. See more »

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Jimmy Chan: You can scare a person to death, but if you do it deliberately, that's murder.
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A little too Jimmy Chan-heavy for me
3 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Very nice cinematography in this installment of the Chan series - beautiful lighting that really does the most with black and white film. The story is a nice one, but for me there's just too much of son Jimmy playing the fool. This is one of those Chans where the son is really a co-star in the film, with a resulting comic-relief drag on the mystery. I know the sons were very popular back in the day when the formula was a little drama, a little comedy, a little action, a little romance and maybe a little music, but for me the bug-eyed, bumbling Jimmy just stops the story in its tracks over and over. Watching the DVD on my laptop, I find myself pausing the film every time Jimmy jumps to the front of the scene and surfing the web for a while.

If Jimmy doesn't bother you like he does me, then I'd give it a 7. For me, it's a 5 in the world of Chan.


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